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[TowerTalk] 2006 Top Ten Chutzpah Awards - the top two

Subject: [TowerTalk] 2006 Top Ten Chutzpah Awards - the top two
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 15:08:54 -0400
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Both New Product announcements from September QST - 

p.41 Isotron 40/20 meter antenna that looks like a cross between a 1960's UHF 
antenna, a birdhouse, a ceramic coil from a BC-375 and a collection of leftover 
flashing material.   Really, guys, are we supposed to believe this works?

p. 32 "Broadband Manpack Antenna and Mast from B&W" -- claiming less than 2:1 
SWR 1.6-60 MHz.  Picture looks like two christmas tree light reels, a lot of 
hookup wire, two three foot pieces of tubing and a humongous balun/dummy load.  
Rated for 20 watts.  $545 for the antenna alone, or $1190 (!) for the antenna 
and mast kit.

The serious point of all this -- who the heck at ARRL is looking at these 
things before publication?  Whatever happened to the ARRL's holy attitude about 
not advertising things that make no sense?  Oh, I forgot - new product 
announcements are FREE.  But how many new hams will be duped?

I thought the August QST was pretty good, but this ... horrific!

73, Pete N4ZR
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